Swayze and Kathy McCraine formed Campwood Cattle Company when they purchased the 7 Up Ranch north of Prescott, Arizona, in 1999. Swayze’s family had ranched in Mississippi since the early 1800s, and Kathy’s family, the Garys, ranched in Texas, before moving to Arizona in the 1950s to run cattle.
The 7 Up brand first showed up on the Arizona Brand Book in 1883, and over the years various owners added other homesteads and smaller ranches, including the Lovelace Place on Burro Creek and the Triangle HC, which Harry Knight of the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show ran as Arizona’s first dude ranch in the 1920s.
Prior to purchasing the 7 Up, the McCraines ran cattle in Mississippi, Florida, and then Arizona, where they owned the Wagon Bow Ranch and SV Ranch at Wikieup. They still brand the horses with the Wagon Bow brand, three stacked quarter circles.
Today Campwood is composed of the 7 Up Ranch, the Lazy Kate near Skull Valley, Howard Mesa Ranch (in partnership with Richard Smyer) north of Williams, and a desert lease called the T’s at Black Canyon City, a total of 220,000 acres of rangeland, running more than 1,400 head of mother cows and 1,400 stockers.
The McCraines were both involved in raising and showing Quarter Horses their entire lives. Due to the ruggedness of the country on the 7 Up, they quickly realized the need to produce their own horses, which could adapt and stand up to the rough country. Campwood began its horse program in earnest in 1999 when they partnered with the O RO Ranch on the Dual Peppy stallion, Dual Winner, a horse that was shown in cutting and earned his Certificate of Ability from the National Cutting Horse Association. Dual Peppy won championships in AQHA and NCHA, achieving his AQHA Register of Merit (ROM) in performance. His get have earned over $700,000 in winnings.
Now 22 years old, Dual Winner has been the cornerstone of the Campwood horse program. The broodmare band includes bloodlines from the O RO Ranch, Dash For Cash, Gallo del Cielo (“Rooster”), Grays Starlight, Frenchmans Guy, and CD Olena.
In 2010, KJ Kasun came on board as a partner in the Campwood ranching operation. KJ trained and showed cutting horses in Texas for several years, where he also ran a stocker/yearling operation. He is a multiple Limited Age Event champion and finalist, with winnings in NCHA, AQHA, and roping events.
In 2015, KJ was instrumental in purchasing Easy Moving Streaker, a promising young bay roan stallion by A Streak of Fling, from the Fulton Ranch in Valentine, Nebraska. A Streak of Fling was a AAA runner, and his progeny, with total earnings of $1.7 million, are in high demand from ropers and barrel racers. Easy Movin Streaker (“Dakota”) will add a new performance dimension to the cow horse blood already in the Campwood program.
Last year the outfit also added another new buckskin stallion, A Rhinestone Cowboy (“DeLeon”), by Sadies Frosty Drift, the highest money earning son of Frenchman’s Guy. DeLeon’s siblings have been to the NFR in both barrel racing and roping.
All the broodmares are run on the rugged malpai rock country at the 7 Up, so the colts grow up rock-footed and wise to rough terrain. After they are weaned and halter broken, they are again turned out on the range. At two, they get their first start under saddle and are turned out again until old enough to be used full time on the ranch. The most promising of these go on to compete in team roping and barrel racing.